Category Archives: 4th Grade

Rock Songs for Kids | Easy Piano Sheet Music

Many piano students love playing great classical pieces, and some enjoy playing traditional favorites like folk songs or hymns. Then, there are some students who just want to rock. Playing classic rock songs can add a fun and energizing element to a your students’ piano repertoire. It can be difficult, however, to find pop and rock music that is not too advanced for young pianists. To make sure your students have a successful experience, check out the arrangements below. These arrangements are ideal for kids at levels 3-4, in the easy or early intermediate range.

House of the Rising Sun for Piano Solo | Rock/ The Animals
house-of-the-rising-sun-piano.png
Almost everyone is familiar with the Animals’ recording of this song, but they weren’t the first to record it. The tune and lyrics originated as a folk song, and multiple artists recorded versions as early as the 1930s and 1940s.

La Bamba for Piano Solo | Rock/ Ricky Valens
la-bamba-easy-piano.png
La Bamba also has its roots as a folk song, but this one hails from Mexico. Like The House of the Rising Sun, it too was recorded multiple times before the most well-known version was recorded by Ritchie Valens. His high-energy, rock styling of the tune made it popular and memorable.

Rockin’ Robin for Piano Solo | Rock/Michael Jackson and Bobby Day
rockin-robin-piano.png
The irresistible rhythm and catchy lyrics made this piece a hit twice– first when it was released by Bobby Day in 1958 and again when it was released by Michael Jackson in 1972. Much like La Bamba, this song was before your students’ time, so they may not be familiar with it, but chances are they’ll be glad you introduced them to it.

Love Me Tender for Piano Solo | Elvis Presley
This piece slows things down a bit, but a list of rock songs wouldn’t be completed without something by The King of rock. This is the simplest arrangement of those featured with a flowing bass line and clear melody. This piece also happens to be free, courtesy of the arranger and musician Gayla.

Yesterday for Piano Solo | The Beatles
Another slow classic, and another beautiful, flowing arrangement by Gayla. One of the most popular of the Beatles’ many hits, this piece by Paul McCartney is instantly recognizable. Lyrics aren’t included with this version, so make sure students listed to a recording or get a copy of them.

Piano Man for Piano Solo | Billy Joel
The narrative lyrics, singable melody, and distinctive piano part have all made this 70s hit timeless.

It will be tempting to sing along as your students enjoy these rock favorites for easy piano solo!

___________________________________________
Related Posts
Ragtime Piano Sheet Music for Easy-Intermediate Solo (Digital Print)
Bible Songs & Hymns for Piano | Free Easy Piano Sheet Music
Top 10 Easy/ Intermediate Piano Solos | Piano Sheet Music
Top 10 Piano Pieces for Beginners | Piano Sheet Music
Great Composer Masterworks for Kids | Free Piano Sheet Music (Level 3)
Multicultural Music for Piano | Free Easy Piano Sheet Music

Advertisements

Color by Note | Music Note Worksheets for Beginners

Quick note identification is essential to success in many music classes and lessons. Reinforce note names and add color to your lessons with color by note worksheets. These activities are excellent for extra practice, students who finish early, or independent work while the teacher assesses or assists other students individually. Hanging the finished products on your walls will also brighten up your classroom.

Treble clef notes can be reviewed with a five-worksheet color by note bundle from MakingMusicFun.net. The packet provides five different printable worksheets with engaging images perfect for young students. Images of the notes make up the color by number key, and note names label each section of the picture.

Get Color-by-Note | Treble Clef Note Name Worksheet Pack

color-by-note-tc-worksheet-pack.png
Contents
Clown Fish Worksheet
Let’s Have a Party (Cake w/Stars) Worksheet
Ice Cream Worksheet
Circus Clown Worksheet
Bumblebee w/Beehive Worksheet

Review bass clef note names with a free color by note worksheet from DKlapp Music on Teachers Pay Teachers. On this turtle worksheet, images of the notes on the staff mark the pictures sections, and note names are used in the key.

Get Color By Note – Bass Clef Worksheet

original-1912222-1.jpg

It’s not just young students who need to learn note names. Many teachers will find themselves teaching notes to older elementary and even middle school students, too. A color by note mandala bundle by Rebecca Raber on Teachers Pay Teachers is an excellent way for students of any age to review treble clef notes. Six different beautiful mandala designs encourage students of all ages to apply their note naming skills while creating a lovely final effect.

Get  Color by Note Mandalas: Treble Clef Notes Bundle

original-1373537-1.jpg

Finally, to practice bass clef notes with older students, try this twist on the color by note worksheet. The images aren’t initially visible in this four-worksheet bundle by Elizabeth Macartny on Teachers Pay Teachers. However, as students correctly identify the notes and color in the note names, pictures of Nintendo characters will begin to emerge from the grid.

 Get Color By Note – Bass Clef Nintendo Characters Bundle

original-2525838-1.jpg

Reviewing note names doesn’t have to be all flash cards and quizzes. There are colorful ways to practice, too! Color by note worksheets are quick and easy for you to print, fun for students, and great to have on hand for any teacher who teaches note names.

________________________________________
Related Posts
Secret Agent Free Music Note Name Worksheets
Ultimate Music Education Worksheets and Games List
7 Music Flashcards Sets for Kids
Treble Clef Note Names | Printable Worksheet Pack
10 Music Theory Worksheets and Games for Kids
Treble Clef Music Flash Cards | Digital (PDF)
Flash Frog™ Music Flashcards for Kids (PDF)
Beginner All-In-One Piano Primer | Piano Lesson Book
5 Tips for Music Classroom Centers and Resources

color-by-note-music-worksheets.png

Free Beginner Sheet Music | Piano, Guitar and Band/Strings Solos

As the calendar turns to September, band, orchestra, and piano teachers are likely welcoming brand new musicians. It’s exciting to guide young students as they learn a new instrument– they bring fresh enthusiasm, and there are lots of accomplishments and firsts to celebrate. The role also comes with a bit of pressure, as your choices could influence whether these lessons spark lifelong musical enjoyment or turn into a short-lived pursuit.

Lots of different factors can make or break an early musical experience, and many are out of the teacher’s control. The choice of music, however, is one aspect teachers can control, and this factor can greatly impact students’ attitudes about their new instrument. Whether they are plunking away at the piano or coaxing blasts from a trumpet, they will gain great encouragement by playing songs they know and recognize. It’s important that such pieces be designed for beginners, though, as too much frustration can quickly dampen a beginner’s enthusiasm.

Below you’ll find a library of free music for beginning piano, clarinet, flute, oboe, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, violin, viola, cello, and guitar. Many of these arrangements are expertly leveled for beginners, and others are leveled at easy, just a bit more advanced. so that new musicians will enjoy challenge and success. With an array of free music choices, from classics to nursery rhymes to hymns, there are plenty of options to connect kids with songs they’ll enjoy.

Free Beginner Piano Solos
Minuet in G for Piano Solo by Johann Sebastian Bach
Musette in D for Piano Solo by Johann Sebastian Bach
Sonatina for Piano Solo by Muzio Clementi
Trumpet Tune for Piano Solo by Jeremiah Clarke
All the Pretty Little Horses for Piano Solo | Lullaby
All Through the Night for Piano Solo | Welsh Lullaby
Amazing Grace for Piano Solo | Traditional
Au Clair de la Lune for Piano Solo | Traditional
Beriozka (The Birch Tree) for Piano Solo | Russian
Bingo for Piano Solo | Traditional
Do You Know the Muffin Man? for Piano Solo | English Rhyme
Do Your Ears Hang Low? for Piano Solo | Traditional
The Farmer in the Dell for Piano Solo | Traditional
Frère Jacques for Piano Solo | Traditional
Go Tell Aunt Rhodie for Piano Solo | Traditional
Happy Birthday for Piano Solo by Patty Hill and Mildred J. Hill
Hot Cross Buns for Piano Solo | Traditional
It Is Well with My Soul for Piano Solo by Bliss/Spafford
Itsy Bitsy Spider for Piano Solo | Danish
Little Green Frog (Galumph) for Piano Solo | Traditional
London Bridge for Piano Solo | Traditional
The Old Gray Mare for Piano Solo | Traditional
Old MacDonald for Piano Solo | Traditional
On the Bridge of Avignon for Piano Solo | French
Mexican Hat Dance for Piano Solo | Traditional
Peter, Peter Pumpkin Eater for Piano Solo | Traditional
Praise God from Whom All Blessing Flow for Piano Solo by Bourgeois/Ken
Row, Row, Row Your Boat for Piano Solo | Traditional
Skip to My Lou for Piano Solo | American Frontier Song
Sweetly Sings the Donkey for Piano Solo | Traditional
We Love You America for Piano Solo by Andrew Fling
Yankee Doodle for Piano Solo | Traditional

Free Beginner & Easy Flute Solos
Jingle Bells Boogie for Flute Solo by Fling (Beginner)
Ode to Joy for Flute Solo by Ludwig van Beethoven (Beginner)
Carol of the Bells for Flute Solo by Leontovych
Catch the Villain for Flute Solo by Andrew Fling
The Entertainer for Flute Solo by Scott Joplin
Eine Kleine Nachtmusik for Flute Solo by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Für Elise for Flute Solo by Ludwig van Beethoven
In the Hall of the Mountain King for Flute Solo by Edvard Grieg
Kerry Dance for Flute Solo | Irish Folksong
The Minstrel Boy for Flute Solo/Irish Patriotic Song
Scarborough Fair for Flute Solo/Traditional English
Triumphal March (Aida) for Flute Solo by Giuseppi Verdi

Free Beginner & Easy Clarinet Solos
Jingle Bells Boogie for Clarinet Solo by Andrew Fling (Beginner)
Ode to Joy for Clarinet Solo by Ludwig van Beethoven (Beginner)
Catch the Villain for Clarinet Solo by Andrew Fling
Eine Kleine Nachtmusik for Clarinet Solo by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
The Entertainer for Clarinet Solo by Scott Joplin
Funeral March of a Marionette for Clarinet Solo by Charles-Francois Gounod
Für Elise for Clarinet Solo by Ludwig van Beethoven
In the Hall of the Mountain King for Clarinet Solo by Edvard Grieg
The Kerry Dance for Clarinet Solo | Irish
Le Carrousel for Clarinet Solo by Andrew Fling
March Slav for Clarinet Solo by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
The Minstrel Boy for Clarinet Solo | Irish Patriotic
Rondeau (Masterpiece Theater) for Clarinet Solo by Jean-Joseph Mouret
Scarborough Fair for Clarinet Solo | Traditional English
Sleeping Beauty Waltz for Clarinet Solo by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice for Clarinet Solo by Paul Dukas | Disney’s Fantasia
Triumphal March for Clarinet Solo by Giuseppi Verdi | Aida

Free Beginner & Easy Oboe Solos
Jingle Bells Boogie for Oboe Solo by Fling (Beginner)
Carol of the Bells for Oboe Solo by Leontovych
The Entertainer for Oboe Solo by Joplin

Free Beginner & Easy Saxophone Solos
Jingle Bells Boogie by Andrew Fling for Alto Saxophone Solo (Beginner)
Ode to Joy by Ludwig van Beethoven for Alto Saxophone Solo (Beginner)
Eine Kleine Nachtmusik by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart for Alto Saxophone Solo
The Entertainer by Scott Joplin for Alto Saxophone Solo
Für Elise by Ludwig van Beethoven for Alto Saxophone Solo
In the Hall of the Mountain King by Edvard Grieg for Alto Saxophone Solo
Kerry Dance for Alto Saxophone Solo | Irish Folksong
The Minstrel Boy for Alto Saxophone Solo | Irish Patriotic
Rondeau (Masterpiece Theater) by Mouret for Alto Saxophone Solo
Scarborough Fair for Alto Saxophone Solo | English
Triumphal March (Aida) by Verdi for Alto Saxophone Solo

Free Beginner & Easy Trumpet Solos
Jingle Bells Boogie for Trumpet Solo by Andrew Fling (Beginner)
Ode to Joy for Trumpet Solo by Ludwig van Beethoven (Beginner)
Eine Kleine Nachtmusik for Trumpet Solo by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
The Entertainer for Trumpet Solo by Scott Joplin
Funeral March of a Marionette for Trumpet Solo by Charles-Francois Gounod
In the Hall of the Mountain King for Trumpet Solo by Edvard Grieg
The Kerry Dance for Trumpet Solo | Irish
Le Carrousel for Trumpet Solo by Andrew Fling
The Minstrel Boy for Trumpet Solo | Irish Patriotic Song
Rondeau (Masterpiece Theater) for Trumpet Solo by Jean-Joseph Mouret
Scarborough Fair for Trumpet Solo | English Ballad
Sleeping Beauty Waltz for Trumpet Solo by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice for Trumpet Solo | Disney’s Fantasia
Triumphal March for Trumpet Solo by Giuseppi Verdi | Aida

Free Beginner & Easy Trombone Solos
Jingle Bells Boogie by Andrew Fling for Trombone Solo
Ode to Joy by Ludwig van Beethoven for Trombone Solo
Eine Kleine Nachtmusik by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart for Trombone Solo
The Entertainer by Scott Joplin for Trombone Solo
In the Hall of the Mountain King by Edvard Grieg for Trombone Solo
Kerry Dance for Trombone Solo | Irish Folksong
Scarborough Fair for Trombone Solo | English Ballad
Triumphal March from “Aida” by Giuseppi Verdi for Trombone Solo

Free Beginner & Easy Violin Solos
Jingle Bells Boogie by Andrew Fling for Violin Solo (Beginner)
Ode to Joy by Ludwig van Beethoven for Violin Solo
Carol of the Bells by Leontovych for Violin Solo
Catch the Villain by Andrew Fling for Violin Solo
Eine Kleine Nachtmusik by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart for Violin Solo
The Entertainer by Scott Joplin for Violin Solo
Für Elise by Ludwig van Beethoven for Violin Solo
In the Hall of the Mountain King by Edvard Greig for Violin Solo
Kerry Dance for Violin Solo | Irish Folksong
March Slav by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky for Violin Solo
The Minstrel Boy for Violin Solo | Irish Patriotic Song
Rondeau (Masterpiece Theater) by Jean-Joseph Mouret for Violin Solo
Scarborough Fair for Violin Solo/Traditional English

Free Beginner & Easy Viola Solos
Jingle Bells Boogie for Viola Solo by Andrew Fling (Beginner)
Ode to Joy for Viola Solo by Ludwig van Beethoven (Beginner)
Eine Kleine Nachtmusik for Viola Solo by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
The Entertainer for Viola Solo by Scott Joplin
Kerry Dance for Viola Solo | Irish Folksong
March Slav for Viola Solo by Tchaikovsky
Minstrel Boy for Viola Solo | Irish Patriotic Song
Scarborough Fair for Viola Solo | English Ballad

Free Beginner & Easy Cello Solos
Jingle Bells Boogie for Cello Solo by Andrew Fling (Beginner)
Ode to Joy for Cello Solo by Ludwig van Beethoven (Beginner)
Eine Kleine Nachtmusik for Cello Solo by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
The Entertainer for Cello Solo by Scott Joplin
In the Hall of the Mountain King for Cello Solo by Edvard Grieg
Kerry Dance for Cello Solo | Irish Folksong
March Slav for Cello Solo by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Minstrel Boy for Cello Solo | Irish Patriotic Song
Scarborough Fair for Cello Solo | English Ballad

Free Beginner & Easy Guitar Solos
Happy Birthday by Patty Hill and Mildred J. Hill for Guitar Solo (Beginner)
Jingle Bells by James Lord Pierpont for Guitar Solo (Beginner)
Ode to Joy by Ludwig van Beethoven for Guitar Solo (Beginner)
The Entertainer by Scott Joplin for Guitar Solo
Für Elise by Ludwig van Beethoven for Guitar Solo
Jingle Bells Boogie by Pierpont/Fling for Guitar Solo
Spring (Four Seasons) by Antonio Vivaldi for Guitar Solo
Sugar Plum Fairy by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky for Guitar Solo

For piano and instrumental music at different levels, scales, Christmas music, and more, visit the sheet music library at MakingMusicFun!

____________________________________
Related Posts
Printable Piano Books for Kids
Top 10 Piano Pieces for Beginners | Piano Sheet Music
Beginner Piano Duets | Sheet Music
Christmas Music for Beginners|Easy Piano Sheet Music
Five Free Sheet Music Websites for Kids
7 Music Flashcards Sets for Kids
The Perfect Piano Lesson | Structure and Resources

 free-beginner-sheet-music

Composer of the Month Resources for the Elementary Music Classroom

A new school year means a fresh start– a chance to try new strategies, routines and materials. This year, consider featuring a composer of the month in your music classroom.  It’s an easy way to introduce your students to great composers even if you don’t have time to spend whole units getting to know them. With a little wall space for visuals and a little class time, your students will have the opportunity to meet a composer, learning basic facts about their lives and contributions.

For each of the composers below, you’ll find a bulletin board pack– a printable pdf file with a large image of the composer, fun facts about the composer, and a list of each composer’s “Greatest Hits.” The posters are designed to be clear and basic so that after a month of seeing these posters on the wall, your students will recall the key facts. You’ll also find a kid-friendly, one-page biography. To follow up any biography, you can use Meet the Composer Job Application Worksheet to review the experiences and skills that shaped that composer. Additional worksheets, lesson plans and other resources are also provided for each composer to extend your study beyond the biography.

Composer of the Month: Beethoven

beethoven-bulletin-board-pack.jpg

Get Beethoven | Composer of the Month Bulletin Board Pack
Get Beethoven free printable biography

More Beethoven Resources:
Beethoven Word Search
Beethoven Multiplication-Connect-the-Dot
Beethoven Coloring Page
Homeschool Music Lesson Plans

Composer of the Month: John Williams

john-williams-bulletin-board-pack.jpg

Get John Williams | Composer of the Month Bulletin Board Pack
Get Williams free printable biography

More John Williams Resources:
John Williams | Film Score Music Listening Glyphs
Star Wars (John Williams) | Music Listening Glyph
Jurassic Park (John Williams) | Music Listening Glyph
Indiana Jones (John Williams) | Music Listening Glyph
John Williams | Word Search Worksheet
Meet the Composer Job Application Worksheet
Homeschool Music Lesson Plans

Composer of the Month: Franz Joseph Hayden

haydn-bulletin-board-poster-pack.jpg

Get Haydn | Composer of the Month Bulletin Board Posters
Get Hayden free printable biography

More Hayden Resources:
Surprise Symphony | Listening Map and Lesson
Franz Joseph Haydn | Word Search Worksheet
Franz Joseph Haydn | Coloring Page
Meet the Composer Job Application | Worksheet
Surprise Symphony | Listening/Activity Lesson | Grade 2-4
Homeschool Music Lesson Plans | Franz Joseph Haydn

Composer of the Month: George Frederic Handel

handel-composer-of-the-month-pack.jpg

Get Handel | Composer of the Month Lesson and Bulletin Board Pack
Get Handel free printable biography

More Handel Resources:
Hallelujah Chorus | Soprano Recorder Play-Along (Music/Mp3)
Hallelujah Chorus (Handel) | Listening Map
Hallelujah Chorus (Handel) | Listening Map/Composer Pack (Bundle)
George Frideric Handel Word Search
Free Homeschool Lesson Plans

Composer of the Month: Sergei Prokoviev

prokofiev-bulletin-board-pack.jpg

Get Prokofiev | Composer of the Month Bulletin Board Pack
Get Prokofiev free printable biography

More Prokofiev Resources:
Peter and the Wolf (Prokofiev) | Music Lesson Pack
Peter and the Wolf (Prokofiev) | Comic Strip Worksheet and Lesson Plan
Peter and the Wolf | Music Listening Lesson
Peter and the Wolf (Prokofiev) Listening Glyph
Sergei Prokofiev | Word Search
Meet the Composer Job Application Worksheet
Peter and the Wolf FunLib™ (Prokofiev) | Story and Worksheet
Peter and the Wolf (Prokofiev) | Music Lesson Pack
Peter and the Wolf (Prokofiev) | Bulletin Board Pack

With these materials, introducing your elementary music class to a new composer each month will be fun and easy. Among all the exciting things they’ll learn in your class this year, they’ll meet some some of the world’s greatest composers.

____________________________________
Related Posts
8 Music Lessons for the Music Classroom | Free Lesson Plans
Peter and the Wolf | 8 Music Lesson Plans and Resources
Ludwig van Beethoven Music Lesson Resources | Lesson Plan Guide
John Williams Music Lesson Resources | Lesson Plan Guide
Old Maid: Music Composer Card Game
Essential Beethoven | Piano Sheet Music
Fabulous First Day! | Lesson Plans and Materials for the Music Classroom

music-composer-of-the-month.png

Patriotic Songs for Piano | Easy Piano Sheet Music

13689-an-illustration-of-a-united-states-flag-pv.jpg

In the United States, Independence Day is just a few days away. Fourth of July celebrations bring fireworks, picnics, parades, and patriotism, and nothing expresses that sentiment better than traditional American patriotic songs. Whether these songs tell a story from American history or simply pay tribute to the nation, they all inspire pride and patriotism fitting for the 4th of July.

Below are links to patriotic piano sheet music for kids, ranging from level 1 to level 4, all in the easy to early intermediate range. By learning these classic American songs, kids are able to join in the celebration of their country and maybe even learn something new about its history.

Yankee Doodle isn’t the most solemn of patriotic songs. In fact, the song likely originated as an attempt to mock the colonists. The most common lyrics, which tell of Yankee Doodle riding his pony to town, depicted the colonists as simple country folk, poorly attempting to appear dignified or cultured. (“Macaroni” in these lyrics refers to a fashionable style of Italian dress.) However, in true American style, the young nation adopted with pride the song meant to poke fun at them.

Get Yankee Doodle Level 1 Piano Solo

yankee_doodle_piano.jpg

Just the first three notes of The Star Spangled Banner are likely to get any American on their feet. The United States’s National Anthem is a pairing of Francis Scott Key poem and, ironically, a British tune. Key penned the lyrics in 1814 as he witnessed an assault on the American Fort McHenry. His poem circulated in newspapers and was paired with the already popular melody “To Anacreon in Heaven.” It wasn’t until over 100 years later that “The Star Spangled Banner” was officially named the National Anthem of the United States.

Get Star Spangled Banner for Level 2 Piano Solo

star-spangled-banner-piano.jpg

America the Beautiful doesn’t tell a story– instead, it describes the many beauties of the Unities States. Once again, this song originated as a poem which was soon paired with a tune. The poem was written by Katherine Bates, who was inspired by the scenery on a trip to Colorado, and the tune was composed by church organist Samuel Ward. When combined, the new song became a stirring tribute to the natural beauty of the country.

Get  America the Beautiful for Level 3 Piano Solo by Samuel A. Ward

america-the-beautiful-piano.jpg

The Battle Hymn of the Republic arose out of a time of strife in America. The Civil War had divided the country, and in 1861, soldiers were marching off to battle to fight their own countrymen. One of the songs that developed in the Union camp was “John Brown’s Body,” a rather morbid song sung to the tune  of a folk hymn. When Julia Howe heard the soldiers singing, she was inspired to write new lyrics. When her lyrics were published, a new American tradition was born.

Get  Battle Hymn of the Republic for Level 3 Piano Solo

battle-hymn-of-the-republic-piano.jpg

Another well-known song to come out of the Civil War is When Johnny Comes Marching Home. While the tune was first heard as a Civil War drinking song, it got new dignity when Patrick Gilmore penned new lyrics. It expresses hope for the end of the war when the soldiers would arrive home to celebration.

Get When Johnny Comes Marching Home for Level 4 Piano Solo

when-johnny-comes-marching-home-piano.jpg

The country that inspired all of these songs continues to inspire new compositions as well. One of these is a simple song written for beginning piano students. We Love You America by Andrew Fling expresses patriotic sentiments to a easy-to-play melody.

We Love You America for Level 1 Piano Solo

we-love-you-america-piano.jpg

Have a Happy Independence Day as you celebrate with music and more!

_____________________________________
Related Posts 
Free Sheet Music | 15 Easy Piano Pieces Kids Love to Play
American Music Composers | Free Printable Biographies, Sheet Music and Worksheets
More American Music Composers | Free Printable Biographies, Sheet Music and Worksheets
Five Free Sheet Music Websites for Kids
Bible Songs & Hymns for Piano | Free Easy Piano Sheet Music

Save

8 Music Lessons for the Music Classroom | Free Lesson Plans

If you want to incorporate active, hands-on lessons into your music classroom, take a look at these 8 free lesson plans for elementary music. Each plan will have your students out of their seats and interacting meaningfully with music– no pencils or paper required.

Melody Map | An Introduction to Melodic Contour/Grade 2-4

This simple but effective high and low lesson plan can be completed with the song of your choice. Students first use hand movement to reflect the high and low notes they hear. Then, they progress to using yarn to map the highs and lows on the classroom floor. The movement and manipulation of the yarn will help solidify student’s understanding that the sounds of music can be represented visually.

Hungarian Dance No.5 | AABBCDAB Codetta/Grade 2-6

Musical form takes on a baseball theme in this active lesson plan. Each section of the piece becomes associated with its own baseball game-related action, leading to lots of movement and a memorable introduction (or review) to musical form.

Meter, Meter, 3-4-5 | Meter Activity/Grade 2-4

Round up some playground balls and rhythm sticks for this time signature/ meter lesson. This rhythmic lesson is perfect for either introducing or reinforcing the concept of meter and the “patterns” of common time signatures.

Entry Kentry | A Passing Game/Grade 2-6

Students can have fun while practicing steady beat with this hot-potato style game. Passing must happen on the beat, and eliminated students help keep the beat with rhythm instruments.

Mortimer | An Introduction to Solfege/Grade 2-3

Introduce solfege with this book-based lesson. The stairs in the story provide a perfect opportunity to learn and repeat the scale pattern, while glockenspiels and other non-pitched instruments make students participants in the musical story.

Music Symbol Swat | Music Symbol Swat Game/ Grade 3-5

With just a white board and fly swatters, you’ve got a great review game that can be applied to many musical concepts. Potential answers, such as musical symbols, are displayed visually, and when a definition or question is given, competitors race to swat the correct answer.

Viennese Musical Clock (Kodaly) | Rondo/Grade 2-3

This multi-faceted movement lesson takes a little prep and a bit of patience, but it results in an unforgettable illustrating rondo form. The lesson begins with a helpful hamburger illustration to introduce the form. Then, a complex movement activity lets students act out the form as a live Viennese clock.

Zin, Zin, Zin A Violin | Musical Instrument Identification Game/Grade 2-6

The book, Zin, Zin, Zin A Violin, is used with visual support to introduce 10 orchestral instruments. Then, a racing instrumental identification game is used to review them.

________________________________________
Related Posts
Ultimate Music Education Worksheets and Games List
Peter and the Wolf | 8 Music Lesson Plans and Resources
Free Music Award Certificates
Teaching Solfège | Song and Activity Pack for the Music Classroom
John Williams Film Score Music Listening Glyphs | Music Lesson Plan

Printable Piano Books for Kids

Learning to play the piano used to require a trip to the nearest music store– sometimes not so nearby– and a considerable investment in piano method books. Now, music books for beginning piano and beyond are available to print instantly, and often much more affordably, than traditionally published piano books. Printable piano books offer the convenience of printable sheet music with the cohesion and progression of a lesson book. Wherever your students’ piano skill level or interests lie, there’s a printable piano book that will capture their interest and advance their skills.

Piano Books for Beginners

MMF! All-In-One Piano Primer Book for the Young Beginner (33 Page PDF/ Digital Download)

mmf-all-in-one-primer.jpg

This book is the perfect starting point for young students with no previous experience. Starting with the most basic note names and rhythms, this guide carefully builds from just one right hand note. Rhythms and dynamics remain limited so that students can build confidence as they walk through a progression of songs carefully crafted to build skills and confidence. Engaging worksheets are also interspersed with the songs to help students solidify the concepts they need to know. The short pieces and variety will keep kids eager to turn the page, and before they know it, they’ll be receiving the certificate of completion that comes at the end of the book!

MMF! All-In-One Beginner Piano Book | Level 1A  (31 Page PDF/ Digital Download)

mmf-piano-book.jpgThis piano book is also designed for beginners, but moves a bit more quickly than the previous book. This would be a great choice for slightly older beginners. Students who completed the primer could review and expand their knowledge of piano basics with this book as well. Partner pieces give students the opportunity to focus on one skill at a time, allowing them to see the same concept applied in two different contexts. Songs and worksheets are short, varied, and strategically paired and sequenced so that students experience maximum success and mastery.

 

Meet the Composer Series

As young pianists progress, they may be ready to meet classic composers sooner than you’d expect. With well-crafted arrangements, some of the greatest classical pieces can be accessible at an easy/ intermediate level. But instead of spending hours searching for the right arrangements to cobble together a collection of classics, try these ready-made printable books. Each book in the series includes a kid-friendly biography of the composer along with several of their most famous works. The arrangements are approachable for kids but retain the well-known melodies and harmonies that make these pieces so timeless and memorable.

Beethoven | Meet the Composer Series Piano Book, Vol. 1 (17 Page PDF/ Digital Download)
Highlights: Ode to Joy, Beethoven’s Fifth, and Moonlight Sonata.

Mozart | Meet the Composer Series Piano Book, Vol. 2 (22 Page PDF/ Digital Download)
Highlights: Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star (Theme from Ah, vous dirai-je Maman), Marriage of Figaro, and Turkish March.

Tchaikovsky | Meet the Composer Series Piano Book, Vol. 3 (23 Page PDF/ Digital Download)
Highlights:  March of the Nutcracker, Swan Lake, and Romeo and Juliet Love Theme.

Bach | Meet the Composer Series Piano Book, Vol. 4  (24 Page PDF/ Digital Download)
Highlights: Minuet in G, Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring, and Toccata in D Minor.

Special Interests

Composing and accompanying aren’t usually the first skills you’d think of teaching kids. If presented appropriately, though, they can be very approachable and enjoyable for young musicians! These books are perfect for students who might need some variety in their lessons, who like new challenges, and who show creativity or interest in improvisation. These skills can also open doors to new types of music, such as current popular music, classic rock, or worship music.

Composing with Kids | Five “Recipes” for Success

composing-with-kids-book.jpgFor some, composing comes naturally, but there are patterns and skills that can be learned. This printable book walks aspiring composers through five “recipes,” or basic sounds, explaining what musical patterns create that particular effect. Then, students are invited to use their newly acquired knowledge to generate original pieces. Composing with Kids could make a great summer activity for the right student. They may be inspired to fill the blank staff pages with their own musical masterpieces!

The Piano Chords Fun Book™ | A Beginner’s Guide to Accompanying

the-piano-chords-fun-book.jpg

The world of lead sheets, chords, and accompanying might seem overwhelming, but this book makes it easy to approach. It starts with the basics of chord naming, including a very helpful chart. Then, several basic rhythmic patterns, such as “boom-chick” are demonstrated. If kids can identify the notes in the chord and follow the pattern, they are well on their way to accompanying using lead sheets. Full of examples and practice exercises, this approach provides a balance of guidance and freedom that will both encourage more hesitant improvisers and inspire the more free-spirited.

________________________________________
Related Posts
Free Sheet Music | 15 Easy Piano Pieces Kids Love to Play
Bible Songs & Hymns for Piano | Free Easy Piano Sheet Music
Top 10 Piano Pieces for Beginners | Piano Sheet Music
Top 10 Easy/ Intermediate Piano Solos | Piano Sheet Music
Christmas Music for Beginners|Easy Piano Sheet Music
Great Composer Masterworks for Kids | Free Piano Sheet Music (Level 3)

Save